• Press Release
  • May 16, 2018
  • Manchester, United Kingdom

Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre officially handed over

Manchester, United Kingdom - The first phase of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester has now been officially handed over to the University ahead of the installation and fit-out of equipment.

The GEIC is a £60m facility critical to exploit and maintain the UK's world-leading position in graphene and related 2D materials. Based at The University of Manchester, the GEIC will allow the acceleration of application research and development in partnership with other research organisations and industry.    

Arcadis has played a significant role in the construction of the building, providing Project Management and Full Design Team Services, including Cost and Information Management services.

The facility will comprise a state of the art research and technology development facility with new laboratories, a testing hall, office and new collaboration spaces - situated in the heart of the globally leading knowledge base at Manchester. 

Along with the National Graphene Institute and the £105m Henry Royce Institute, which Arcadis is also providing services on, the GEIC will be crucial in maintaining the UK’s world leading position in advanced materials.

George Osborne, Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, recently took a tour of the new GEIC with Mel Manku and Jess Lotter.

The GEIC will also act as the cornerstone of the University’s vision to create a Graphene City in the heart of Manchester, made up of; scientists, manufacturers, engineers, innovators, investors and industrialists to build a thriving knowledge-based economy.

Mel Manku, Education Sector Leader, said:

 “The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre will allow Manchester and the UK to take a truly world-leading position in graphene and other 2D materials. 

The city of Manchester and wider Northern Powerhouse region are at the forefront of generating prosperity outside of London, and critical facilities like this will lead the world in terms of research and innovation. Arcadis are extremely proud to have worked with the university on this significant project.”

 Additional works are already underway to fit out the laboratories ahead of the centre opening later this year.

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